The Performance Impact of Kernel Prefetching on Buffer Cache Replacement Algorithms

Ali R. Butt, Chris Gniady, Y. Charlie Hu
2007 IEEE transactions on computers  
A fundamental challenge in improving the file system performance is to design effective block replacement algorithms to minimize buffer cache misses. Despite the well-known interactions between prefetching and caching, almost all buffer cache replacement algorithms have been proposed and studied comparatively without taking into account file system prefetching which exists in all modern operating systems. This paper shows that such kernel prefetching can have a significant impact on the
more » ... performance in terms of the number of actual disk I/Os of many well-known replacement algorithms; it can not only narrow the performance gap but also change the relative performance benefits of different algorithms. These results demonstrate the importance for buffer caching research to take file system prefetching into consideration.
doi:10.1109/tc.2007.1029 fatcat:5arypx7jmjfmvjzh6kw7vklaiy